TENSION is gradually building up among chiefs and people of Yilo-Krobo Traditional Area in the Eastern Region over the celebration of this year’s Kloyosikplemi Festival, which marks the Silver Jubilee of the traditional event.
Kloyosikplemi Festival, which means descending the Krobo Mountains, is an annual festival celebrated in November every year since it was instituted in 1992 by the then Konor of Yilo -Klo state, Kpeteple Narh Dawutey Ologo VI.
The festival aims to tell the story of the untold hardship that descendants of Yilo Krobo went through at the hands of the marauding forces of the British Colonial government in August 1892.
Due to protracted chieftaincy dispute in the area, celebration of the festival has not been smooth over the years.
With less than a month to celebrate this year’s festival, there seems to be imminent deadly clashes as two feuding factions fight over who has the legitimacy to organise the festival.
While the acting president of Yilo Krobo Traditional Council, Nene Tetteh Odonkor Tummeh, and the Traditional Council have scheduled the festival for November 10 – 20, 2017, the other feuding faction, led by the paramount chief-elect, Oklepeme Nuer Anorbaah Sasraku II, has slated it for November 1 – 27, 2017 for a month-long celebration of the Kloyisikplemi Festival.
Security signals picked indicate a looming bloody violence if nothing is done about the situation.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, some sub-chiefs who said they were representatives of the six divisional chiefs said Oklepeme Sasraku is the legitimate chief to organise the festival.
Amanor Michael Okrah, who addressed the media on behalf of Nene Tetteh Agblezee III, chief of the Play??????????? Division, said Oklepeme Sasraku would use the festival to launch his 12-year development plan, raise funds to renovate the Sra Palace and honour deserving sons and daughters of the land.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Nene Tummeh, Gordon Gardener Batsa Adjirako, popularly known as King George, in an interview with DAILY HERITAGE, warned of mayhem should any attempt be made to uphold the legitimacy of Oklepeme Sasraku.
He described as baseless attempts by Oklepeme Sasraku to celebrate the Kloyisikplemi Festival.
“What we are hearing now has no basis; he does not have any Traditional Council under him. Government has the recognition of Nene Tummeh and his team and the whole Yilo Krobo recognises Nene Tummeh as the traditional overload,” Mr Batsa Adjirako said.